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How “Poland Entered Europe”

The Motorway as a Space of Neoliberalism

Waldemar Kuligowski

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Poland was involved in giant infrastructural construction projects. One was the construction of the A2 motorway, connecting Poznan´ and Warsaw with the Polish-German border (see Figure 1 ). It was the

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Israel and East-Central Europe

Case Studies of Israel's Relations with Poland and Hungary

Joanna Dyduch

unsettled historical legacy of the Holocaust that, given the neoconservative-nationalist profile of governing parties in both Poland and Hungary, brought a completely new dynamic into mutual relations. In order to better understand the sources, dynamics

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Redeveloping history in postsocialist Poland

Jaro Stacul

On 25 October 2015, Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość), a political force championing nationalist and Christian values, won the parliamentary elections in Poland by a large majority. It ran a platform built on conservative Roman

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Support for a Populist Government in Poland

A Few Notes about Its Economic and Cultural Divides

Michał Gulczyński

Although Poland seems relatively homogeneous in terms of language, ethnicity, and religion, Polish society has been stably and strongly divided. For the last fifteen years, prime ministers and presidents of Poland have come from only two parties

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The Impact of the Changing World Order on the Situation of Central and Eastern Europe

Gracjan Cimek

developments here in any detail. The article is divided into four parts. The first section discusses Poland in the post-1989 unipolar world order both in the geo-economical and geopolitical spheres. The second section describes most important tendencies in

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Threatening or Benevolent Hegemon?

How Polish Political Elites Frame Their Discourse on “German Hegemony”

Ireneusz Pawel Karolewski and Maciej Olejnik

“German hegemony” (Is Germany an actual hegemon, and does it behave like one?) and attempts to reconstruct the images of Germany in the public space of a single country—Poland. In this way, we can better map out the variety of approaches to “German

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Women's Uprising in Poland

Embodied Claims between the Nation and Europe

Jennifer Ramme

This article examines the ways in which struggles for (bodily) autonomy are related to claims of European and national belonging in Poland. In this country bodies became especially relevant to political discussions since the conservative party PiS

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Decision-making in farming households in eastern Poland

Amanda Krzyworzeka

The agricultural situation in Poland has been changing significantly during the last decades. In 1989, the predictability of the communist centrally planned economy was replaced by the unexpectedness and "invisible hand" of the free market economy. The socialist welfare state has been replaced by new modes of support, introduced by European Union (EU). On the basis of fieldwork conducted between 2005 and 2008 in farming communities in eastern Poland, I focus on decision making among small-scale farmers. This article addresses decision-making processes and their sociocultural context, including the reasons for and circumstances behind decisions, and also elements of decision-making processes that tend to hinder the introduction of EU agricultural policy. In the course of adapting to new and changing realities, farmers creatively use customary ways of thinking and acting in the various decisions they have to make while running the farm. Changes of the very mechanisms of decision-making processes seem to be rather slow, however.

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Doctors, the Social-Weavers

Hubert Wierciński

Conditions for POZ Since the 1990s, the Polish healthcare sector has suffered from underfunding and frustrating disorganisation ( Piątkowski 2015 ; Watson 2103 ). In 1997, the government attempted to reshape Poland's faltering healthcare. Since then, the

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Generations of memory in the "model socialist town" of Nowa Huta, Poland

Kinga Pozniak

This article examines memories of socialism among different generations in Nowa Huta, Poland. Initially built as an industrial “model socialist town“, since 1989 Nowa Huta experienced economic decline and marginalization. Its socialist legacy is now being reinterpreted in ways that reflect changed political, economic, and social conditions. This article describes contemporary public representations of the town's history and considers how they resonate with the experiences and understandings of different generations of residents, from the town's builders to the youngest generation, who have no firsthand memories of the socialist period. It demonstrates how generational categories are both reflected and constructed through different accounts of the past, while also revealing overlaps between them. Throughout, specific attention is paid to the relationship between narratives of the past, present, and future, and present-day political and economic realities.